Jul 23, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Master of Heritage Conservation/Master of Urban Planning (MHC/MUP)

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The Master of Heritage Conservation/Master of Urban Planning dual degree program facilitates highly related cross-disciplinary studies in heritage conservation and in urban planning at the master’s level. The primary objective of the dual degree curriculum is to impart to students a basic familiarity with the origins and development of the philosophies, theories, and practices of planning and heritage conservation. This curriculum has been developed so that students will graduate from this program with a broad practical knowledge of the laws, regulations, and policies that apply to planning and conservation practice in the United States and internationally. This expertise will include knowledge of urban design, public policy, and architectural and planning history and theory. Students will be expected to understand the critical methodological tools necessary for a professional engaged in the investigation, interpretation, and evaluation of the urban built environment.

Qualified students who are admitted to the graduate programs in both the School of Architecture and the USC Price School of Public Policy may complete both degrees in a highly integrated five-semester program.


Requirements for completion of the dual degree program are 60 units, including 30 units in heritage conservation and 30 units in urban planning, as follows:

Total units: 30


There are six concentrations available in the Master of Urban Planning program: Arts and Culture, Design of the Built Environment, Planning for Climate Change and Sustainability, Housing and Real Estate Development, Economic Development, and Mobility and Transportation Planning. Students must select a concentration gateway and methodology course (4 units each, 8 units total). Please see the Master of Urban Planning section of the catalogue for the concentration descriptions and course lists.


Students in this dual degree will be waived out of PPD 528  in the MUP core as they take ARCH 558  Fundamentals of Place-Making.

Total units: 30

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